Written by DAP NEWS -- Saturday, 24 October 2009
(Posted by CAAI News Media)
A Cambodian Government spok-esman on Friday criticized opposition leader Sam Rainsy over his rejection of celebrations on January 7, the day when Vietnamese troops entered Phnom Penh, effectively ending the Khmer Rouge's control of Cambodia's central Government.
Sam Rainsy on Friday morning marked October 23, the anniversary of the Paris Peace Accords of October 23, 1991. "The only two dates which we have remember and welcome are November 9 as Independence [from France] Day, and October 23 as the Paris Peace Accords."
January 7 is referred to as Victory Day by the ruling Cambodian People's Party (CPP).
April 17, 1975 and January 7, 1979 were two events that reflected a bloody victory of Khmers over Khmers, leading to massacres or civil war and/or the loss of national independence and sovereignty following the country's invasion by a foreign occupying force, Sam Rainsy claimed. Information Minister and Gover-nment spokesman Khieu Kahnarith said that "We exactly remember that on October 23, Sam Rainsy cooperated with Khmer Rouge to lead Khmer Rouge leaders to have seats in the Government and [National] Assembly."
If Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen had not made efforts to overcome these difficulties, Cambodia would not have achieved safety and stability, the minister added.
"Sam Rainsy made effort to urge Khmer Rouge leaders to sit in the SNC," Khieuv Kahanrith said. "If these people do not cooperate with the Khmer Rouge leaders, Khmer Rouge leaders would not have the right to get aid from overseas."